Doodlers wanted

Who doesn’t doodle? It’s that basic artistic impulse that comes out during endless phone conversations and ho-hum meetings—the squiggles, bubble letters and cartoon images called on to combat boredom, decorate a Xeroxed page or give an idle pen a task.

Local artist Julie Armbruster has elevated doodling from telephone pad past time to suitable-for-framing status with her lovable, big-eyed cast of characters rendered on mats, buttons and figurines as often as on prints and paintings.

Learn from the master. Ambruster presents Drawn IN, a doodling experiment (as part of the Lark Labs crafting series) on Saturday, April 25, from 1-3 p.m. The free workshop/social event takes place at Lark Books (67 Broadway St., Asheville, 253-0467).

More info from the Lark press release: “Do you long to draw, but don’t know how to get started? Julie will show you how to transform automatic drawings, scribbles, and ink stains into unique creatures. What will you uncover? Perhaps a flying baby slug, a potato boy, or maybe even a frog in cowboy boots. Participants will have the chance to paint their characters and take them home in keepsake Mason jar lid frames.”

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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